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Dedham Town Meeting to discuss senior-center site committee

Posted by Natalie Feulner  October 23, 2012 03:01 PM

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Next month, Dedham Town Meeting members will vote on 14 articles dealing with everything from parks to zoning laws. However, most notable is a proposal to create a committee to study a new senior center.

Article Seven calls for the town to establish a committee to help determine a preferred site and size of a future senior center. The committee would then forward its recommendations to the town by 2014 about where to build or rehabilitate an existing building; how much to pay; and a funding source for the project.

As written, the article would establish a committee of two members from the Council on Aging, one selectman, one member of the Finance Committee, one member of the School Building Rehabilitation Committee, and four residents. It also calls for the town to appropriate $50,000 for the hiring of an engineer to help the committee with its work.

The meeting will take place Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at Dedham High School, 140 Whiting Ave.

Here’s a look at the articles included in the rest of the warrant:

Article One: To see what sum of money the town will appropriate for outstanding bills from prior years.

Article Two: To see what sum of money the town will appropriate for additional expenses not already budgeted at the 2012 annual meeting.

Article Three: To see if the town will appropriate funds to the stabilization fund or take any other action relative thereto.

Article Four: To see if the town will authorize the Blue Hills Regional Technical School District to establish a stabilization fund.

Article Five: To see how much money the town will raise, appropriate, or transfer for the purpose of updating the Dedham Public Schools education model.

Article Six: To see if the town will appropriate $473,000 to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Inflow/Infiltration local financial assistance program, so that the town might apply for grants or loans through the program.

Article Eight: To see if the town will amend its bylaws to require a fee ranging from $25 to $150 from residents who call the police department with false alarms more than three times per calendar year.

Article Nine: To see if the town will establish regulations for promotional events including the requirement of a permit from the police chief.

Article 10: To see if the town will allow the Board of Selectmen to establish a program that allows veterans to volunteer in exchange for a reduction in property tax obligations not exceeding $1,000.

Article 11: To see if the town will transfer the care, custody, management, and control of a portion of the Striar Property on Sprague Street for its potential use as a senior center.

Article 12: To see if the town will accept changes on a proposed layout of High Street, a major public way in the town.

Article 13: To see if the town will establish a study committee to review and make recommendations about the regulation and use of concrete barriers known as “Jersey Barriers” throughout Dedham.

Article 14: To see if the town will authorize the selectmen to acquire land at 3 Riverside Drive for the creation of a park and playground.

Natalie Feulner can be reached at natalie.feulner@gmail.com.

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